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#1 Smooth Hoperator

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 10:57 PM

I brought home a brand new Peak rotary, a mess of thread, dubbing, hooks, beads, wire, pheasant tails, and wire. So far i've managed to drop several hooks, lose them in the carpet to find one with my little toe. Working on laying nice rows of thread and whip finishing. Hopefully by the end of the week i'll be confident enough to begin working with the dubbing.



#2 Fly3r

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:09 AM

Good luck with the build. any other plans for it?



#3 Smooth Hoperator

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:27 AM

Good luck with the build. any other plans for it?

 

Nope, just wanted to get something decent to get started with. No major plans outside of getting to know the basics for now.



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:04 AM

hooks can be a hazard if your barefoot  be careful of scissors falling off the table too. dont ask me how i found that out     richmc



#5 Poopdeck

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:44 AM

A whole week to wrap thread around a hook. It's only fly tying. Tie a fly already. You can do it.

#6 RickZieger

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:39 AM

Harbor Freight has a magnet on a telescoping handle.

Great for picking up hooks.

Lots of experience says that it works.

 

Rick



#7 Bryon Anderson

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:48 AM

Yet another advantage of de-barbing your hooks. :) Even if you don't end up with one in your foot, barbless are way easier to extract from carpeted floors, too.


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#8 Smooth Hoperator

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:55 AM

Yet another advantage of de-barbing your hooks. smile.png Even if you don't end up with one in your foot, barbless are way easier to extract from carpeted floors, too.

 

I agree, I am totally pro about de-barbing everything. I plain silly not too!



#9 Smooth Hoperator

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:56 AM

A whole week to wrap thread around a hook. It's only fly tying. Tie a fly already. You can do it.

 

I'm a perfectionist...... This dubbing has be a but crabby, still learning to mold it properly onto the thread correctly.



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 11:32 AM

I brought home a brand new Peak rotary, a mess of thread, dubbing, hooks, beads, wire, pheasant tails, and wire. So far i've managed to drop several hooks, lose them in the carpet to find one with my little toe. Working on laying nice rows of thread and whip finishing. Hopefully by the end of the week i'll be confident enough to begin working with the dubbing.

I have one of those plastic carpet protectors under my chair.  That way I can see the hooks I step on instead of not seeing them in the carpet.

Nice vise too



#11 Sandan

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

 

A whole week to wrap thread around a hook. It's only fly tying. Tie a fly already. You can do it.

 

I'm a perfectionist...... This dubbing has be a but crabby, still learning to mold it properly onto the thread correctly.

 

Less is more. I find it easier to spina small amount of dubbing onto the thread and add more if I need it. The opposite is real PITA to me. 



#12 Tom Cummings

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:54 PM

Also try wetting fingers. Don't need the wax but helped in my learning.

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:24 PM

A whole week to wrap thread around a hook. It's only fly tying. Tie a fly already. You can do it.

 

 I second this. Go ahead and tie a fly. Set up u tube beside your bench, follow along step by step, pause, rewind,repeat. 



#14 TheLastCall

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 08:06 PM

Just tie a fly.

I did the same thing as you 2 weeks ago. I got bored of a hook and thread,in one day. So I picked a really easy fly pattern and just went for it. Tied it 10 times first 5 looked terrible and I'm getting better slowly.

Here are the mistakes I did and will probably do many more time:

- use something to contain materials and have only 1 hook out.
- Don't crowd the head of the hook.
- if your thread breaks don't take everything a part, you can continue from you last step just catch your thread.
- use very little dubbing
- dubbing wax helped me but some people don't like it.

I used http://howtoflyfish....ly-tying-videos to find my first pattern. lots of good information there. One thing I did notice is for each fly there are 100s of way to tie it, so you really can't go wrong no matter what you do. The only judge of a fly is a fish.

Other than that I just have fun with it.

Best of luck

#15 Smooth Hoperator

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:02 PM

Great info guys! I'm getting better at my dubbing, I am using the suggested wet finger method. I just have learned that I have to apply tiny amounts at a time otherwise my flies look horrid.